Hayden Puts Stoner Comments Down To "Mistranslation"

Comments apparently made by Nicky Hayden in an interview with the Italian sports daily Gazzetta dello Sport caused a bit of a stir among MotoGP fans. According to Autosport, Hayden told the Gazzetta that it was "a bit shameful" for Casey Stoner to leave Ducati. In response to questions about Stoner's move to Honda, Hayden allegedly replied "I think it's a bit shameful, as Ducati has done a lot for his career and has helped him in every possible way in winning races and the championship."

When asked about the comments at Laguna Seca, Hayden denied that was what he said, suggesting the problem probably arose from a misunderstanding. "Maybe it was just a translation," Hayden said, but he made it clear he was aware that words can get twisted to suit the ends of the media. "Maybe the journalist is looking to sell a few more magazines, because I mean, [Casey] knows me, I wouldn't make a comment like that, that's not my business," Hayden explained. "You know I would like to say something got lost in translation, but I think they're just trying to make a headline."

Hayden realized something was up when he saw a crowd of journalists questioning a Ducati press spokesperson. "I know when I saw [the spokesperson] this morning, I saw a bunch of people standing round this morning, figured something was going on," Hayden said, but he also emphasized that they had gone back and checked on exactly what Hayden had told the Italian journalist. "I did the interview and we went back and checked, we recorded it. Like I said, we listened to the interview, and it was totally taken the wrong way," Hayden said.

What Hayden had meant to say was simply that it was a pity that Stoner was leaving, the two riders having had a good relationship inside of Ducati. "I was just saying, Casey had a good run here at Ducati, for both Casey and Ducati. It was a pity, but nothing lasts forever, so he moved on, and that's it," Hayden told journalists. "But there's not more to it than that, I wasn't speaking for him or about him."

Hayden said he had not spoken to Stoner about the misunderstanding yet, and didn't really feel it was necessary. "I haven't even seen him today, but I don't think he's worried," Hayden said, adding that it was unlikely to improve Stoner's troubled relationship with the press. "I'm sure it'll give Casey another reason to love the journalists," Hayden joked. "But if I see Casey, I might just clear the air," Hayden added, "But I don't think I need to, Casey knows me well enough, he knows I'm not going to weigh in on something like that."

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Sad that Nickey and Casey won't be team mates next year.I wonder whether Nicky feels at all comfortable about the possible future job of riding shotgun for Valentino.
Because that's what it will surely amount to.
Said it once and I'll say it again.Ducati shot themselves in the foot by breaking this continuance.
What is going on there? Tardozzi gone,Suppo gone...Stoner,their greatest and most successfull rider asset gone.
What next ? The brand name gone ?. In 2012 trade in my current Ducati for not a new Ducati, but a new brand called Ducrossi.
I wish Nicky and Casey all the best this weekend.
RSV4 looking more tasty by the minute.

Hayden has been around the game long enough to know where he stands on the talent ladder. The only way Hayden wont be happy with a team mate, any team mate, is if Ducati suddenly decides to build a bike to specifically suit that team mate and ignore Hayden and his riding style. Since Hayden and Rossi have similar styles, similar build, ect, that wont be a problem. You will not see a repeat of the RC212V debacle. And he has already been on a team with Rossi. Im failing to see the problem.

Height has nothing to do with build. But thanks for playing.

Hayden is a back-it-in dirt tracker, Rossi a keep-it-smooth scooter racer.

Rossi backed it in all the time during the 990 era. The difference is that Rossi can and has adapted his riding style to fit the bike much better than Hayden can. Probably because riding 125s and 250s has always been different than riding with the big boys in the 500 and 990s. And Rossi is a 125 and 250 champ. The 800s are far more similar to the 125s and 250s than the 990s and even the 500s ever were. 125, 250, 800 are about keeping high corner speeds and 990s 500s were about hold on, grip it and rip it. But when it goes back to 1000s Rossi will be back to backing it in again.

Rossi has the ability to use many different styles, including one that is similar to Hayden's dirt track experience.